A complete performance

BENDIGO United captain Leigh McDermott summed it up perfectly in his premiership speech on Sunday when he said he couldn't have asked any more from his grand final players.

The Redbacks produced a complete performance against Golden Square in the weekend's Bendigo District Cricket Association grand final at the QEO.

The batsmen did the job on Saturday with a score of 6-283, the bowlers finished it off on Sunday when Square was bundled out for 119, while the Redbacks' fielding and catching also kept the pressure on.

"Since Christmas when we lost that game to Bendigo (round nine), we really focussed on needing to be playing well at this time of the year," McDermott said.

"We haven't lost a game since that match against Bendigo and we've peaked at the right time and played our best cricket in the two finals."

Bendigo United crushed Golden Square - which finished 17 points clear at the top of the ladder - by 164 runs in the grand final, while the previous week, the Redbacks belted Strathdale-Maristians by seven wickets in their semi-final.

Opener Matt Pinniger was Saturday's hero for Bendigo United with his 115.

"Matt's innings was superb. He faced over 200 balls and bided his time really well," said McDermott, whose contribution was 32 and 1-14 off 13 overs.

"To get 283 was a fantastic effort by all our batsmen and then today with the ball, we were able to peg Golden Square back well after they got off to a good start.

"I couldn't be more prouder of the boys."

Golden Square has played 15 games this season, with the grand final only its second defeat.

"We've had a great season, but we ran into a really good side this weekend that put a good score on the board yesterday," Golden Square captain Tim Wood said.

"We battled hard, but unfortunately, couldn't get the result."

One of the talking points out of the game was Golden Square's decision not to open the bowling with dangerman Darren Clutton on Saturday.

When Square defeated the Redbacks in round six, Clutton tore through the Bendigo United top-order on the way to a five-wicket haul.

"He doesn't really like bowling with the new ball. We've done it a few times (not open) with him this year, but I suppose there's plenty of what-ifs," Wood said.

"To be honest, I don't think we did a lot wrong yesterday. We ran into some really good batting on a good track, but I thought our bowlers were really disciplined with their lines.

"We created probably six run-out opportunities through the day... if two of them hit, the game changes, but they didn't fall our way.

"At one stage we could have been chasing well over 300, so to keep them to 283 was a good effort."

On Sunday, Golden Square lost its last nine wickets for just 60 runs as it crashed from 1-59 to all out for 119.

"You can't get any momentum in an innings when you lose wickets regularly like we did today," Wood said.

"It was a promising start, but unfortunately, we couldn't capitalise."

Pinniger earned the Taylor-Walsh Medal for his grand final ton.

Adding further impetus to Pinniger's 115 was he batted with a broken toe suffered in last week's semi-final.

Pinniger batted for 254 minutes on Saturday and faced 225 balls.

"I've felt fairly comfortable all year, but probably more so this past month and I've been able to play to my strengths a bit more," Pinniger said.

"Having Gunny (Ben Gunn) scoring the way he did yesterday, it takes a bit of the pressure off, but it was just a matter of if we can keep five or six wickets in the shed with 20 overs to go, we'd be able to score fairly heavily."

As for his playing future, 35-year-old Pinniger - who ended the season with 828 runs - says he'll assess it after a trip to England.

But if he does pull up stumps, what a way to go out.

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